Describe a Sport you Enjoy Playing – IELTS Cue Card Sample 75
In the IELTS Speaking section, one of the most common question types is the Cue Card Speaking prompt. The IELTS Cue Card topics will prompt you to formulate a response and speak on the given topic. To attempt this question, you must narrow down the essential questions on the given topic to answer within the given time. Consider the sample Cue Card below. Study the types of questions that have been formulated based on the cue card and how to go about with your response:
Describe a Sport you Enjoy Playing
You should say:
- what kind of sport that is;
- who you play it with;
- where you play it;
- and explain why you think doing this is healthy.
Sample Answer 1
Sports are a vital part of our lives, especially during our childhood. As a result, participating in sports with friends was the most common pastime. Cricket and football were the most popular sports we played as children and even during our teenage years. However, there is one sport that I enjoy playing more than others, which is basketball.
I was introduced to basketball when I was in middle school. Although I did not have many friends interested in the game, I used to watch the games during recess every day to learn more about the sport. Then, as we reached high school, more and more people started to play basketball and I began to play basketball with my friends every day, either during recess or after school hours.
The basketball court at my school is where I played basketball the most. Consequently, I have also played for my school basketball team in various tournaments and inter-school sports events. Besides, I have played at a local basketball court a few kilometres from my residence during the weekends.
Basketball is one of my favourite sports due to various reasons. One of the major benefits of playing basketball is that it helps us do a full-body workout. Playing basketball helps us stay fit and agile. Basketball is also a great way to develop one’s body, especially during the growing stages of a person. Apart from enhancing physical fitness, playing basketball develops skills such as teamwork, strategy, effective communication and various other skills.
Sample Answer 2
I’m not a great swimmer in any sense, but swimming is like my religion. It is truly refreshing and literally, washes away every disturbing thought I have whenever I dive into cold water. No matter how tight my schedule may get, I usually pay at least one visit to a local swimming pool to work myself up and get rejuvenated.
Sometimes, I have a partner or two who have been my best friends since high school. We live in the same neighbourhood, so it’s not too stressful when we have to set a schedule for our swimming session. We carpool more often than not, and it takes us roughly 15 minutes to get to the local recreation center where it provides the locals with a variety of facilities for training purpose such as gym class, stadium, swimming pool, tennis court and so on, which is extremely convenient for those who practice more than one activity. The only thing better than swimming itself is swimming with your besties, which is one of the hundreds of things I love about my weekly ritual. Hardly do we have time to meet each other during weekdays as we’re all up to our neck at work and totally stressed out. Therefore, having such a healthy way to catch up with my friends and recharge battery after an exhausting week never sounds better. Just like any other sports, swimming helps maintain your health, keep you fit as well as build your endurance. However, unlike others, it’s a very relaxing and peaceful form of exercise, you don’t even sweat for hours – a supreme advantage. Therefore, if you’re looking for a kind of sport that brings you comfort and relaxation, swimming should be your first choice.
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- Refreshing (a): making you feel less tired or hot
Eg: Once you drink mint coolers, you will feel refreshed and relaxed.
- Literally (adv): in a literal manner or sense; exactly
Eg: The patient refused to eat and literally starved for the next two days.
- Disturbing (a): making you feel anxious and upset or shocked
Eg: I was very disturbed on seeing the puppy hit by a car.
- Work up: make yourself or another person excited or upset
Eg: It took him five years to work up to the position of HR in the company.
- Rejuvenate (v): make somebody/something look or feel younger, more lively or more modern
Eg: Rose tried to rejuvenate herself through meditation and yoga.
- More often than not: usually
Eg: More often than not, Mary misses her school bus.
- Recreation center: a building that is open to the public where meetings are held, sports are played, and there are activities available for young and old people
Eg: There’s a recreation centre in the institute where the students can spend their leisure time.
- Ritual (n): something that is done regularly and always in the same way
Eg: It is our family ritual to offer food to the crow.
- Be up to neck: to be very busy
Eg: I’d like to talk about the problem now, but I am up to my neck at the moment.
- Endurance (n): the ability to continue doing something painful or difficult for a long period of time without complaining
Eg: Marathon race is considered to be a test of endurance.